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Nanking Cargo Hardback Catalogue Christies 1986

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Nanking Cargo Hardback Catalogue Christies 1986
Original Nanking Shipwreck Cargo Hardback Christies Catalogue. This is a real must for any collector of the famous Nanking Cargo! Not to be mistaken with the paperback versions. Christies actually sold out of these, well before the auction which prompted the printing of the paperback ones. This one is in exceptional condition, with virtually no signs of use. Complete with the additional lots leaflet showing the VOC Bronze cannons and the ships bell also the prices realised booklet. Because of its condition this will prove to be a true collector’s item in the future. The Nanking cargo is the most famous of the shipwreck cargoes. It attracted world wide media attention when it was auctioned by Christies Amsterdam in April 1986. The ships name was 'The Geldermalsen' belonging to the Dutch East India Company. The (VerenigdeOostIndische Compagnie (V.O.C). She set sail from Canton on December 18th 1755 bound for Amsterdam. The valuable cargo consisted of over 160,000 pieces of porcelain, tea, raw silk, textiles and one hundred and forty five gold ingots. On January 3rd 1752 after 16 days sailing the Geldermalsen hit a reef and sank in the South China Sea. The cargo was recovered by Captain Michael Hatcher and his team in 1985-86, shipped to Amsterdam and sold two hundred and thirty four years later! I spent four days viewing the porcelain in order to select the nicer pieces. The auction which made £10,000,000 was one of the most fascinating I have ever been to, attracting very many bidders from all over the world both in room and on the telephone, everyone wanted a piece of the Nanking Cargo!


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